SUMMERSIDE – The red-hot Summerside Western Capitals look to keep their six game winning streak going as they welcome the Truro Bearcats to Credit Union Place on Sunday.
The matinee affair set for 2 p.m. in Eastlink Arena will see two of the top teams in the Maritime Junior Hockey League face-off for the fourth time this season.
Caps head coach Billy McGuigan is looking forward to Sunday’s matchup.
“Truro is a great team, they always play hard,” he said. “We’ve struggled with them in the past but since we last played them our team has improved a lot.”
In the first match-up of the season, the Bearcats had their way with the Capitals, winning 4-1 in Truro. The day after, on Oct. 21, Summerside flipped the switch and took advantage of home ice by winning in a shootout 2-1.
Nov. 3 in Truro was another tough loss for the Caps, losing 2-1 following a game winner by Brandon McMartin near the mid-point in the third period after being tied at one the majority of the game.
The Capitals are going into Sunday’s game sitting on top of the Roger Meek Division with their record of 25-6-2 and league leading 52 points. Truro currently sits at second place in their competitive division with 45 points and a 21-4-0 record.
“This game is big for both teams but it could be the biggest game of the year for Truro, if they win they could move to first place in their division,” said McGuigan. “We’re so closely matched and the games are always competitive they’ll want another win from us.”
The Capitals are led this year by the play of Danny Chaisson and Mitch Maynard, who are currently sitting at one and two in the MHL points race.
Chaisson has been hot of late, pulling in 13 points in his last six outings, adding to his league leading 55 points.
Maynard has been consistent all season and has maintained a 1.52 points per game average to put him second in the points race with 44.
The Bearcats also have their fair share of scoring, led by Kyle Morrison with 42 points on the season, but it’s a different face that Summerside has to worry about come Sunday. Brandon McMartin has been a Caps killer with two goals and two assists in Truro’s two victories over Summerside.
When asked how the Caps plan to defeat the Bearcats, McGuigan said, “slow down their transition play, and make the game slow for them.”